Legislation: Florida: HB 89 Defense of Life, Home, and Property

HB 89 Defense of Life, Home, and Property (original bill)

General Bill by Combee and Edwards (CO-SPONSORS) Baxley; Stewart

Defense of Life, Home, and Property: Provides that defensive display of weapon or firearm, including discharge of firearm for purpose of warning shot, does not constitute use of deadly force; provides immunity from prosecution for persons acting in defense of life, home, & property from violent attack or threat of violent attack through certain displays of or uses of force; limits specified provision authorizing use of deadly force by law enforcement or correctional officers; provides exemption from minimum sentence requirements related to use of weapon or firearm for persons acting in self-defense or defense of others; authorizes departure from minimum sentence requirements related to use of weapon or firearm for persons convicted of certain offenses who were not immune from prosecution but who meet specified requirements.

Read original bill here (7 pages) Filed 9/26/13

The original bill has been significantly changed in subcommittee and the Committee Substitute bill may be read here (8 pages) This substitute bill was filed 11/20/13.

Summary: “Threatened Use of Force: Applies provisions relating to use of force in defense of persons, property, etc., to threatened use of force; provides that person is not justified in threatened use of force to resist arrest by law enforcement officer.”

Last Event: Now in Judiciary Committee on Thursday, January 16, 2014 2:02 PM
Track bill here
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